Rockefeller Center

45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City

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Rockefeller Center is a large complex consisting of 19 high-rise commercial buildings covering 89,000 m2 between 48th and 51st Streets. Commissioned by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan. It is famous for its annual Christmas tree lighting. It was the largest private building project ever undertaken in modern times. Construction of the 14 buildings in the Art Deco style were completed and opened in 1939. The current Center is a combination of two building complexes: the original 14 Art Deco office and a set of four International-style towers built along the west side of Avenue of the Americas. Rockefeller Center represents a turning point in the history of architectural sculpture: it is among the last major building projects in the United States to incorporate a program of integrated public art. The most famous skyscraper in the center is 30 Rockefeller Plaza, which appears in many modern artworks.

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Open Hours

  • Sun

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Mon

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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  • Pranav Bhatt

    - 02 February 2018 -

    Visited during Christmas to see the tree. The overall atmosphere there brings you in the holiday mood if you are not already. The light show on the Saks is a treat. I am impressed the way police manage such a huge crowd day in day out during holidays. Police help out in every way. Restrooms are the only issue but if you plan properly, you could manage that too :)

  • Eric Rice

    - 15 January 2018 -

    Pretty convenient place to sit around and relax. Super packed during holidays...especially Christmas. The restaurant that has a view of the ice is pretty good. Convenient access to the subway, and there are some decent stores and food places as well. I also recommend checking out the top of the rock. It's way better than the empire State building in terms of view and comfort.

  • Kyle King

    - 09 January 2018 -

    BETTER THAN EMPIRE! We went here yesterday and was a really great experience. In my opinion, as you can see I prefer this to empire. One of the main reasons is, because you can see the Empire! Not fair on the empire experience I know but is the most iconic part of the skyline. On Top Of The Rock you get 3 different viewing platforms. Recommend going to the top, it may be cold but well worth it!

  • Matt Pincince

    - 13 December 2017 -

    Amazing! Beautiful piece of architecture and culture. Learning about the rich historical background is amazing and seeing what went into making this building is so well done. Top of the Rock is a MUST for anyone visiting. The view is truly a sight to behold. There are several levels and different views and angles you can take a picture from. It does get cold on top so bring a jacket in the summer and warm coat in the winter. The view is still spectacular in the winter too. It does cost money to get a ticket to go to the top, but it is well worth it. You will need to select a time slot to go up when you purchase your ticket and won't be let in unless it is your time. Attendants in the Rock are friendly and helpful. Super busy around the holiday season, especially with the tree at the Rock and the skating. Skating is expensive and unless you truly love skating or want to skate with tons of people I would recommend it. If you are going to the top of the rock I would recommend going right before sunset and then waiting till the sun has set so you see the view with the city lights.

  • Qique DeLuna

    - 05 December 2017 -

    Rockefeller Center is especially beautiful during the holidays. With its festive decorations, and its outdoor ice skating just off one of its entrances, surrounded by additional buildings, it stands out among the many historical buildings in Manhattan. The building also features an observatory deck that offers its unique view of Manhattan with the Empire State Building in its horizon, and a great view of Central Park as well. Also worth noting that The Rockefeller Center features a real tree used as their annual Christmas tree. As of my last visit, the tree was yet not decorated but Sat inside it's own scaffolding for the decorators. The tree itself is very tall and very large. Overall, The Rockefeller Center is worth a visit among the many sites of NYC.

  • Andy Mercer

    - 21 September 2017 -

    I went to the viewing platform here, called Top of the Rock. It was awesome. There are three levels once you get up there, and it's not times at all so you can just go slow and enjoy the views. I went in early afternoon on a weekday and it only took about 15 min to get through security. Weekends might be worse though.

  • Danny Rowland

    - 11 September 2017 -

    One of the great plazas of this great city. It is world famous and always has something good going on. In winter there is the tree and ice skating. In the summer they have little markets and all the great shops are always there. With NBC in 30 Rock you can often see famous people walking around or appearing on the morning show. You have to stop by and enjoy the iconic sights.

  • German User

    - 07 September 2017 -

    The Rockefeller Center is worth a stop when being in NYC. The top of the rock observation platform is a must with a beautiful view to downtown Manhattan to the South and Central Park to the North. However, check weather conditions and visibility range beforehand to get the best value for your entrance fee. If you buy the tickets onsite, a waiting time is likely to occur that can be used to visit the shops and restaurants at Rockefeller Center before you go to the top. As stated by others before, the time just before and after dawn, is the one giving you the opportunity to take pictures of NYC with and without illumination. Since this is well known, this time is very busy and crowded, so your preferences might be different, if you want to avoid peak hours.

  • Emel Yilmaz

    - 05 September 2017 -

    Famous place in NYC from many movies ...It is worth the visit if you are walking around the city. Great iconic building. Lovely architecture. Lots of shops and restaurants ,photo opportunities...Visit the amazing Lego shop .. Favorite time of year to visit is Christmas time when ta huge tree is lit and the nearby buildings have light shows ...I love the fountains leading to the ice skating area ...

  • Abinash Paudel

    - 22 August 2017 -

    The wait was worth the wait for the view. The wait was like 30 mins. We went to this place as it was recommended by our friends because of wait time at One World Trade Center and Empire State building. One one side you get the view of Central Park and on the other side you get the view of Downtown Manhattan. The other side you see the river and New Jersey and the other side you get the view of one of the boroughs of New York. The view is spectacular and you can stay there as long as you want. There are 2-3 levels of view points, so don't forget to navigate and spend time on all 3 of them. Staffs were nice and polite and the crowd was manageable. So overall it was a great experience. Highly recommended.

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